Zim’s disgraceful First Lady of controversy

graceFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE’S controversial and powerful First Lady, Grace Mugabe, has courted more notoriety after she allegedly grabbed properties belonging to a Lebanese businessman before forcing him into exile.
A US$1,4 million (about R21 million) ring her husband, President Robert Mugabe, bought to commemorate their 20th wedding anniversary is at the centre of the controversy.
Grace, who has a penchant for a luxurious lifestyle, ordered the ring from the gem dealer Jamal Ahmed.
However it took longer than anticipated by the Lebanese dealer to deliver the jewelry, with the design and polishing involving some third parties.
The First Lady rejected later rejected the ring and demanded a refund.
She demanded the money be deposited into her account domiciled in Dubai but the dealer rejected as it would be against Zimbabwe’s laws outlawing externalization of funds.
The Mugabes reportedly have accounts in Asia where critics allege are stashing vast amounts from looting Zimbabwe’s vast resources.
A payment plan to deposit money into her Zimbabwean account allegedly did not sit well with Grace.
In court papers, the complainant reported he had been threatened and his three properties in Harare taken over by Mrs Mugabe’s security personnel and her son from a previous marriage.
Ahmed is challenging the takeover of his property at the Zimbabwe High Court.
Mrs Mugabe is infamous for grabbing farms during Zimbabwe’s violent takeover of white farms in 2000.
Grace (51), who has emerged as a front-runner to succeed her husband (92) infamously fell out of favour with South African-based Chinese businessman, Ping Hsieh, over a trucks deal valued at R7 million.
Four South African drivers caught up in the spate were jailed in 2011.
CAJ News

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